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October 23, 2017

10/11/2017 2:36:00 PM
Members mull missing main mystery

By Larry Dobson

Aeri Younge needed water service for his new lawn mowing business building on Second Street NE, so he asked the city how to get service. City Administrator Lee Mattson and Maintenance Superintendent Mark Barwald pulled out the city map of utility services in the area and found a water main in front of the building. Younge hired Hodgman Drainage to install a service line, but after digging up the street and searching diligently, no main was ever found, although they did find a PVC sewer line in excellent condition.

As the city is obligated to supply water for Younge's building, the council had to decide how to do it. There is currently service to Younge's house via a service line from a different water main across former railroad right-of-way, but the service line is already insufficient in both pressure and volume and cannot be used for the new building. The council had the choice of installing a new service line for the building at a cost of $11,047 or installing a water main at a cost of $50,000. While council members agreed the city will probably have to install the water main at some future point, it could not be done this year, so the council decided to go with the service line for now.

Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Star Herald.

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